Beyond Memory / Edition 1

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In the final days of World War II, Stalin ordered the deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar population, nearly 200,000 people. Beyond Memory offers the first ethnographic exploration of this event, as well as the 50 year movement for repatriation. Many of the Crimean Tatars have returbaned in a process that involves squatting on vacant land and self-immolation. Uehling asks how they became willing to die for their national collectivity. She provides a fine-grained analysis of how "memories," sentiments, and dreams of a homeland never seen came to be shared. Uehling suggests the second-generation has a surprisingly instrumental role to play. The way children correct and intervene in parental narratives, dissidents challenge interrogators, and speakers borrow and trade lines index this social aspect of memory.

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Foreign Affairs
Uehling is less interested in the story of Stalin's savage deportation of 190,000 Crimean Tatars over a few days in the spring of 1944 than in the meaning the story has for those who survived it and for those born of them. Why, she asks, has the "feeling of homeland" — the emotional attachment that transcends experience, for it applies to those born in exile — been so powerful, and where does it come from? These are particularly apt questions because the actual homecoming of slightly more than half of the Crimean Tatars who were in Central Asia has been harsh, impoverishing, and demeaning. As an anthropologist who spent much of six years gathering evidence and fathoming the encounters she had, she wants to understand the sources, nature, and effects of communal memory. For the non-anthropologist, she is a rich source of insight into the Crimean Tatar community and why it looms so large in Russian history and the contemporary Russian mind despite its diminished numbers today.
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Meet the Author

Greta Uehling is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

• Acknowledgments
• List of Illustrations* Introduction
• The Lay of the Historic Land
• The Faces of Public Memory
• Exile: Recalling the 1944 Deportation
• Family Practices: The Social Circulation of Memory and Sentiments
• The Crimean Tartar National Movement: Memories of Power and the Power of Memory
• How Death Came To Be Beautiful
• Houses and Homelands: The Reterritorialization of Crimean Tatars
• Sequel
• Bibliography
• Index

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